March 6 2013
Graeme McDowell finished in the top 15 at Trump Doral in 2010 and 2012. (Ehrmann/Getty Images)
By Rob Bolton, Fantasy Insider
All of the reservations you've had about burning a big name in a stroke-play event this season can be discarded this week. At the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, your patience is rewarded.
Fifteen percent in the field of 65 are guaranteed a top 10 in a no-cut format with a mammoth purse of $8.75 million. While some guys will be hoping to find their game, others will be expecting to capitalize on current form.
Justin Rose is the defending champion. He's No. 3 in my Power Rankings so I'm on board, but I try not to select last year's winner in any event. One-and-dones are simple games, so I don't mind the strategic challenge. However, I do allow myself one mulligan to that self-inflicted provision. I was tempted to use it this week as Rose continues to tear it up everywhere he plays.
Perhaps if I wasn't as intrigued by Graeme McDowell (No. 5 in my Power Rankings), who is my pick to tame TPC Blue Monster at Trump Doral, I'd plug Rose in. G-Mac is one of the world's most accurate drivers, he's had success on multiple occasions at Doral and he's playing some of his most efficient golf of his career right now.
Matt Kuchar and Charl Schwartzel sit a respective first and second in my Power Rankings, but I've already exhausted both as one-and-dones. If I hadn't, either would bump McDowell from the top spot among my options. Hunter Mahan is No. 4 and available to me, but this tournament barely ranks inside his top 15 in total earnings.
As for the Puerto Rico Open, I'll adhere to the "Keep It Simple, Silly" method. While course experience isn't a prerequisite for success at Trump International Golf Club-Puerto Rico, it's still a valuable resource. That's why I'm inserting Kevin Stadler as my one-and-done. He's survived all five cuts in the history of the tournament, two going for top 10s, another two for top 20s.
Last week: Charl Schwartzel; T9; $156,000.00
Overall Record: 7-for-9
Top 5s: 3
Top 10s: 5
Top 25s: 7
Missed Cuts: 2